10 Ways to Help #NoDAPL If You Can’t Get to North Dakota

Since April this year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), an oil pipeline that would directly threaten their water supply. If completed, the oil pipeline would span over four states and stretch approximately 1,200 miles long, jeopardizing communities who live along the Missouri River and who depend on it for their drinking water and agriculture.

However, rather than allow the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to peacefully protest, these water protectors have instead been met with violence and silence in equal measures. They have been forced to face militarized police and the National Guard. They have been shot with rubber bullets, mace, and water cannons in freezing weather. On Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a letter saying one of the largest camps must vacate by Dec. 5 or face arrest.

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What is happening in Standing Rock is horrifying, shameful, and unacceptable, and it is essential everyone #StandWithStandingRock to fight the construction of the DAPL. While help and support is always needed on the front lines (more information on getting to Standing Rock can be found right here), if you are unable to get to North Dakota, you can still help #NoDAPL. Here are just a few ways how.

1. Donate money

You can contribute directly to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe right here. If you have the funds, you should also consider donating to the Indigenous People’s Power Project (IP3), “an indigenous led non-violent direct action (NVDA) hub at the ‘big’ camp”; the Camp of the Sacred Stones’ legal defense fund; the Sacred Stones Camp’s general fund; the Water Protector Legal Collective’s general fund; the Red Warrior Camp’s general fund; the Red Warrior Camp’s legal defense fund; the Oceti Sakowin Camp’s general fund (this camp is currently in danger of being shut down by the Army Corps of Engineers); the Medic and Healer Council’s general fund; and Wašté Win Young’s fund to “winterize the Water Protectors’ Camp.” #NoDAPL Solidarity goes into great detail about each of the camps and their responsibilities.

Dr. Adrienne Keene has also begun tweeting out a bunch of other crowdfunding efforts related to #NoDAPL — including a few for protectors who have been injured by police during the protests — that need funds if you have the money to spare.

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2. Call your local Representatives and Senators

You can easily find your congressional U.S. Representatives and Senators right here — and just a reminder, while there are multiple ways to contact your local legislators, calling them is the best way to get your voice heard. Both the Huffington Post and Bustle have some great tips on how to prepare yourself before making the call if you’re feeling unsure.

3. Donate necessities

You can find an Amazon wish list for the Sacred Stone Camp here and their supply list here. The Oceti Sakowin Camp’s supply list can be found here. An Amazon wish list for the Medic and Healer Council can be found right here.

4. Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ask them to rescind the permits granted to the DAPL

You can call their regulatory permits line directly at (202) 761-5903, or contact Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy at (703) 697-8986 and joellen.darcy@us.army.mil.

5. Demand the company behind the pipeline stop construction immediately

Call and email the executives at Energy Transfer Partners, LP and tell them to cease construction of the DAPL. Here’s who the Oceti Sakowin Camp recommends you contact:

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    6. Sign these petitions

    You can sign the White House petition to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline right here. This petition also hopes to get President Barack Obama’s attention, and has received well over 400,000 signatures.

    7. Call the local police departments militarizing officers at Standing Rock

    Yes! Magazine has an extremely thorough list of who to call and email. If you’re looking for a good place to start, they recommend North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (who declared a state of emergency in response to the protests) at (701) 328-2200, Mortan County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier (who “invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact” and called for police backup from surrounding states) at (701) 667-3330, and Morton County Commissioners Chairman Cody Shulz at (701) 391-9698.

    8. Contact the White House

    President Barack Obama has the power to stop construction of the DAPL — but he’s been surprisingly silent. Make your voice heard by contacting the White House online or via phone at (202) 456-1111 (the public comment line) or (202) 456-1414 (the switchboard line). You can also contact President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough at (202) 456-3182 and dmcos@who.eop.gov.

    9. Host a teach in using the Standing Rock Syllabus

    Knowledge is power, and the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective has created an incredibly thorough syllabus meant to help “place what is happening now in a broader historical, political, economic, and social context going back over 500 years to the first expeditions of Columbus, the founding of the United States on institutionalized slavery, private property, and dispossession, and the rise of global carbon supply and demand.” You can find the syllabus in its entirety right here.

    10. Protest

    If you can’t protest at Standing Rock, help organize or attend protests locally. Exercise your constitutional right to peacefully protest and make your voice heard. December will be an especially important month for #NoDAPL, starting with the Global Day of Action on Dec. 1. Find out more right here.

    As a general reminder, Signal boost those who are on the ground on social media, and follow these hashtags closely: #NoDAPL, #IStandWithStandingRock, #DakotaAccess, #StandingRock, and #RezpectOurWater.

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